St Joseph’s Church


Erected by the French in 1917, this domed Catholic church is the largest church in Tianjin. Its fine brick exterior is a marked contrast to the shopping malls surrounding it; the interior is more decorative than most Chinese churches.

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Nearby Tianjin attractions

1. China House


Tianjin's tackiest sight by a long shot, China House is porcelain collector Zhang Lianzhi's ode to both porcelain and questionable taste. Vases and mosaic…

2. Minyuan Plaza

0.75 MILES

The centrepiece of the Wudadao neighbourhood, Minyuan Plaza was rebuilt in 2012 on the site of a 90-year-old stadium that was originally designed by…

3. Former Residence of Eric Liddell

0.78 MILES

Former home of Scotsman Eric Liddell, Olympic champion, rugby international and devout Christian. Liddell was born in Tianjin in 1902 and was the subject…

4. Treaty Port Area

1.16 MILES

South of the station across Liberation Bridge was the British concession. The rebuilt riverside facade is an impressive sight at night, but walk further…

6. Italian Concession

1.19 MILES

Tianjin's spruced-up Italian-style district, centred on Marco Polo Sq, is an attractive quarter for exploration, with Western restaurants, cafes and bars…

7. Liberation Bridge

1.25 MILES

This historic bridge opposite the Main Train Station was built in 1927.

8. Confucius Temple

1.65 MILES

Tianjin's quiet Confucius Temple is actually a two-for-one, with the provincial temple on the east side (dating from 1436) and the county temple on the…